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Friday, November 27, 2009

Changes to the Blog

FYI I have broadened my blog topic to all aspects of Honey Creek Outdoors.  I would like to get all HCO staff members and fans involved with this site.  I'm sure we'll come up with plenty of ideas for material as time moves along, but I figured featuring one HCO staff member per week with Q&A interview and pics would be a fun way to get to know one another! 

Also you do NOT need a blog to comment on here so if you're an HCO staff member and are interested in becoming HCO's Weekly Spotlight leave me a comment and I will e-mail you with further details!

I hope everyone is having a fun and successful hunting season, in and out of the tree stand!

Dream Big CY

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Peak Update!

It's a little after five o'clock and I'm sitting shoulder to shoulder with Brandon in a tree stand we set up not even two hours ago. Brandon whispered, "deer", and my heart rate started to kick up as usual. He used the grunt call a couple times and twigs began to snap. I heard it rustling through the leaves, the crunching noises became louder as the creature came closer and closer.

I saw antlers and immediately turned on the video camera and hit record. I swung the HCO 180 smoothly and quietly right onto my target, making sure I was capturing this buck. I heard Brandon look to see if I was ready and I gave him a nod. That is when a wave of adrenaline completely took me over.

My vision began to tunnel as Brandon pulled back his bow. I didn't even examine the buck, or do any fancy camera work, I just made sure the buck and little red button was displayed on the camera screen.

It all happened too fast. The whoosh of the arrow. Brandon knew it right away, turned around and celebrated. I was trying to follow the buck scamper off, but Brandon's immediate celebration meant we did it. He guaranteed it on the driveway, I recorded it and everything. "I'm going to shoot a big buck, and you're going to video tape it, tonight is the night." I am very new to hunting and videotaping, and if I wouldn't have had the HCO 180 there is no way I would have been calm enough to get such solid footage. I've said it before and I'll say it again: "If I can do it, YOU can do it."

Brandon, Ben, Greg and I got some very good footage and are going to piece together a teaser to sum up our first week of "The Peak". Stay tuned folks!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wired to Hunt Features The Peak for Video of the Day

Greetings from HCO!

I hope everyone's November is going well so far. Even though we are only four days into it, I'm having an amazing month, and I'd like to thank a few people for the awesome start.

As you may know, wired to hunt has featured HCO's "The Peak TV" trailer ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXuM5ejkX54) as Video of the Day. A big thanks to Mark Kenyon writer for http://www.wiredtohunt.com/ for posting our video and linking HCO's blog to their site.

I also wanted to take the time to thank Honey Creek Outdoors for the opportunities they have given me. I am majoring in sports journalism once I graduate from Kirkwood Community College, and freelancing for HCO has given me some great experience. The coordinator/Brandon's mom is my second mom and a great friend of mine. I wanted to acknowledge her work ethic and customer service we couldn't do it without you!

When I'm not at work, school, or tutoring you are likely to find me near Brandon's house. He and I have been friends since pre-school, but this year we became brothers. It's great to be around him because he always has to be doing something, just like me. He never gives up, especially if you tell him he can't do it, I'm glad some of that rubbed off on me.

October was nearing, and I figured it would be like every other hunting season that I hated- My friends would all go hunting together and I just waited to hear the stories. This season was just a little bit different thanks to Brandon. I am now addicted to videotaping the outdoors (with the one and only HCO 180º) and going hunting. There is nothing in the world like it, it's an entire new world to me. I've never experienced an activity that can be so relaxing, then out of no where your heart can beat harder and faster than ever. There's nothing better for me to write about- The outdoors and competition. So again thanks Brandon, my brother,friend, and partner- Let's rise to our peak!

If I left anyone out let me know, and here's a thank-you in advance.

Dream Big CY

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rise to the Peak!

Honey Creek Outdoors is working on their debut DVD series- HCO Fair Chase. Brandon has had a passion for the outdoors since he could walk, but had troubles finding friends who shared that same passion until he turned 14. Luckily 14 was also when he bought a video camera and began filming his hunting adventures, giving fans a chance to watch Brandon and the gang learn and grow from kids into the fine outdoorsmen they have become.
Honey Creek Outdoors wants to target and spread the love of hunting-especially the youth. We have grown from a few boys from a small town to a Team of men, women, boys and girls from all across the country. Since this will be the last deer season to film for HCO Fair Chase Series, we figured a documentation of the "Peak of the Rut" would be appropriate for the GRAND FINALE of the first of many DVD's.
Along with hunting season's "Peak", follow the progression of The HCO 180 Line of Camera Arms, get a chance for us to introduce ourselves, and much more! Who better than Brandon and friends to bring the truth of reality hunting with a 30 day documentary of HCO's PEAK?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Corey's First Hunting Trip and Filming Job Made Easy by HCO!

For six months Brandon has been tinkering and tweaking his new camera arm design. The noises of drilling, welding, and cutting were the soundtrack of our 2009 Summer. We were so busy October seemed to creep up on us out of nowhere and all of the noise and pressure could be put to a halt with a single trip to the treestand. I realized the collaboration of nature's peaceful tranquility and the singing of the birds was a great escape from the rest of the world.

I grew up in southeastern Iowa, surrounded by hunting, but wasn't given the opportunity to experience it until October 2009. My father hunted, but died due to a gun shot when I was 4 years old. The combination of no one teaching me how to hunt and the weapon used to murder my dad most likely drew me away from the sport. But I was always interested when listening to my friends' hunting adventures. It took me 21 years but thanks to Brandon, I can officially call myself an Iowan.

I was on camera-man duty and the 6 month life-span of the HCO 180º came down to this beautiful October night. A true test of easy operation and simplicity was at stake considering my inexperience in filming and hunting (two pretty important attributes).

The HCO 180º is light weight and very travel-friendly. It weighs only 4.5 pounds and when the arm is folded up the 180º is easy to carry and takes up little room if you're taking a backpack for your hunting trip. Setting it up in the treestand takes only seconds and makes little sound. Since the HCO 180º mounting brackets are sold for only $40, this allows you to buy multiple brackets for each treestand you use.

Once we were settled in the tree stand, I turned the camera on and began panning our surroundings. The 180º remained fluid, smooth, and completely silent even when I swung the arm from my right side all the way to Brandon's left. It allowed me to capture the entire view from our stand with little movement and no shake of the camera.

We watched the footage I had captured after our hunt. Even though the only animal I filmed was a squirrel, Brandon and I were blown away how professional the recording looked, all credit given to the HCO 180º. I promise you that if I can do it, YOU can do it. Purchase your HCO 180º Camera Arm today, so you can finally capture your monsterous trophey buck kill with high-quality results all at an unbeatable price!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

HCO 180° Camera Arm Brochure

Professional hunter/cameraman, Jim Kinsey showing some love to the brochure Brandon and I whipped up last month! I'm almost positive Jim was a little more impressed with Brandon's camera arm he used to film in one of his recent hunting expeditions, he described the HCO 180° Standard as, "Stellar!".
We'd like to thank Jim Kinsey and Jana Waller for taking the time to write their wonderful testimonies regarding The HCO 180° Camera Arms. Jim and Jana's feedback, HCO 180º specifications, pricing and more can be found in the brochure below.

Check out Jim's testimonial of the HCO 180 ° Camera Arms in the brochure Brandon and I created!

(Click on the image for a larger view)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Here's the first advertisement that will be used in magazines and such. It looks very professional and both Brandon and I are very impressed. We would like to to thank everyone that has made this possible!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

His Camera Arm in a Nutshell

I have witnessed everything. The progress my good friend Brandon has made in his first 6 months as an inventor is remarkable. He created a device that will revolutionize the art of capturing and recording your hunts.
Brandon designed a camera arm that is unlike any other on the market. It's fully-adjustable, which keeps the camera view level, no matter what tree or post you mount it to. The "180-degree knuckle" concept gives the camera-man (especially self-filmers) the ability to campture anything that meets the hunter's eye. Move it Straight up, straight down, directly behind you, all with using little movement and sound. The strength of the HCO 180 gives firm camera support, yet it's fluid arm movements and affordability give us average Joe's the opportunity for professional quality footage.

Next time we'll cover the standard and elite versions, and we can answer any questions you guys may have for us, thanks for your time!